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Get Paid Writing Articles for These 14 Companies ($100+ Per Article)

Supun Kavinda on January 28, 2020

While you can write for your own blog in your free time and get fame, traffic, ad revenue, etc., you can also write for a company and get paid 💸. ...
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Ryan Latta

Major footnote here!

If you are going to consider this you need to pay attention to what transfer of copyright you are giving!

This material you produce may be theirs forever, which means you can never use that again. You may not be able to use that material in talks, workshops, classes or anything else.

Look at what kind of copyright and ip transfer you are giving up.

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Supun Kavinda Author

Nice point you made!

No Reposting: NEVER share the same article to multiple websites. Always publish original content written by you. If you need to publish it to Medium, DEV, your personal blog, etc. first ask the company.

Even some allows, sharing isn't allowed by others.

However, I previously never thought about this:

You may not be able to use that material in talks, workshops, classes or anything else.

Okay, let's stay that's true. What do you mean by materials? Images, Code Examples, Words, or anything else?

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Ryan Latta

The example I was given went something like this:

Let's say you wrote an article for a site about how to get started unit testing. This site also took full ownership over that article.

You, as the contributor, want to give a talk about that at a conference. You would have to make sure to not use the same language, phrases, titles, and so on.

If you did a workshop, you'd similarly have to use a different structure, phrases, and language. You could not use content from your article in any of it.

You would have to re-build, re-write, or re-invent that material. Same would be true if you decided to publish a book, zine, or anything else. You cannot use that article or its contents again until the rights are returned.

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anderspk

I'm curious, is there a documented case of this having ever been an issue?

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Ryan Latta

As in someone taking action for the violation? I'm not sure.

In the case of anyone's rights being transferred, yes.

Here's an easy one: Every developer in the US signs a paper in their offer transferring all IP and rights to the company. Sometimes it requires using their equipment/time, other times it's a blanket transfer of everything you produce is theirs.

You wrote an article here on a company laptop? Well, that is your company's property now.

As for more writing specific, my writing teacher has dealt with this at various points in her career. Many authors actually purchase rights tracking software. It becomes unwieldy to remember what you wrote for whom and what you're allowed to re-use or not across many years.

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leob

$200 or $300 for writing an article, that's nothing to scoff at ... wonder how easy or hard it is to get into these programs - maybe they typically reject 95% of the applicants?

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Erik Dietrich

Speaking as someone who runs a sizable paid content operation just like this, it's not like hiring a salaried employee, where there are a finite number of "slots," if you will. Rather, you're using a pool of side hustlers to produce some minimum amount of weekly/monthly content. So there's not much incentive to reject anyone when they're filling out the form. Worst case, if you have too many people, is that you tell them to check back next month.

The thing that will wash people out -- the biggest pain point for marketers who run these programs, by far -- is flakiness/lateness/problems during content production. Would-be writers ghost, turn things in a week late, plagiarize, etc. So you're already probably in the top half of the applicant pool just by doing what you say you'll do, when you say you'll do it.

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Supun Kavinda Author

Should be the featured comment ⭐. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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the top half of the applicant pool just by doing what you say you'll do, when you say you'll do it.

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Supun Kavinda Author • Edited

It's more about what you have done in the past. Have you written quality articles with working code examples? Have you written something hard in simple language in the past? That's what they consider.

In most contact forms, you'll only need to include the title of your next post - not the post itself. But, you have to link 1-3 previously written posts.

Simply, they are looking for clear evidence of your programming and writing skills.

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Lou (🚀 Open Up The Cloud ☁️)

It's usually more about quality. If the submitted article takes very little editing and has many other considerations already made such as clear audience, commercial post content, clear post intent and SEO then you're much more likely to get accepted / get your article through. Other things like having an existing online audience to share with will also help I think.

But of course, YMMV.

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leob

Thanks, nice to keep this in the back of my mind, I've seen worse suggestions for additional revenue sources for freelance devs.

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Devang Hingu

you're probably right.. but just think. why they people pay for those which article already exist or may be poor language of article...
like my writing.😂

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Josh Wood • Edited

We pay writers to write for the Honeybadger Developer Blog (and you can cross-post to DEV!). Starting rate is $500/article and can go up from there (we don’t have a limit). Would love to be added to this list! Details: honeybadger.io/blog/write-for-us/

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Supun Kavinda Author

Joshua,

Thanks. I'll add it soon. It's only for Ruby and Elixir devs right?

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Josh Wood • Edited

Thanks!! That's mostly what we're looking for right now, but if someone has a really good pitch for some other kind of developer content, we're open to it.

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David Carty • Edited

We pay our writers at TechTarget, toward the higher end of the spectrum above. We're always on the lookout for people in the industry who can write vendor-neutral, high-quality technical articles. My site, SearchSoftwareQuality, covers dev/test and methodology (Agile, DevOps, etc.) topics, but we have other sites for cloud, security, storage, networking, etc.

Anyone interested, DMs are open!

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Shaiju T

Good one 😄, Recently StackOverFlow.com also starts paying, Check here, Hope helps. 👍

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Shaiju T

I don't know how much they pay. You can contact them for the same: stackoverflow.com/contact

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Supun Kavinda Author

It's becoming a trend 📈

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Daniel Madalitso Phiri • Edited

Hey love this, I've been collecting a bunch of these sites. Mind if I add them? Or if you're feeling upto it you could. Here's the link to the repo

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Supun Kavinda Author

There are many websites I haven't seen in the repo. I'll check them and add them here.

Feel free to add the websites here to your repo (No attribution needed) 😊.

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Jean-Michel Fayard 🇫🇷🇩🇪🇬🇧🇪🇸🇨🇴

Thanks for this article.
Consider adding hitsubscribe.com/ from Erik Dietrich

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Supun Kavinda Author

Is there a way to get more details about that website (like Payment, Word Count, etc.)?

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Jean-Michel Fayard 🇫🇷🇩🇪🇬🇧🇪🇸🇨🇴 • Edited

if you apply, you get a "handbook for authors" guide that tells you everything.

regarding money, it starts at $100 per article for a word count of 1200-1600 words.

they reward authors who have a track record of delivering drafts smoothly on time, so the more you do this, you get paid until $200 per article

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Hitting the word rate isn't the thing: The reason behind the word rate per article is SEO. Google prefers long in-depth articles. Even some topics are best described when they are short, you have to be withing the word range giving by the company. However, keep in mind, Quality is what they expect. If you run out of words, you can use keywords tools to broaden your topic.

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kris

Hi Supan
thank for curated this post so your service is so good I've tried on my blog
I work on this area for years ago the demand was so high and the pay rate is so a good many clients are course creator, developer tool startup or dev publisher site,
we can work on multiple clients and get paid up as your can but I was lack of community
not found community talking about this so I just create a channel for discussing any thing that relates
this topic

bit.ly/joinslackdevwriter

feel free to join I can share my experiences

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trapti rahangdale

Hey, Thanks for this article.

As of now, I wrote one article for Soshace, and my experience is very good working with them.

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Supun Kavinda Author

Nice to hear that 😊

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Waylon Walker

Great tips! ✨ Thanks for sharing

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Supun Kavinda Author

You are welcome :)

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Arjen Postma

This is great!
It makes me wonder if anyone knows any non-tech related platforms to write for.

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Supun Kavinda Author

Yes, there are. There's a FAQ on how to find them. :)

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Cat

Thank you so much for the resources and advice!! Definitely coming back to this when I'm further along in my career.

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Alberto De Agostini

Wow thanks for sharing, I'm looking into this as soon as I improve my writing skills.
Very interesting!

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Akshay Kadam (A2K)

Nice post. You can also check out whopaystechnicalwriters.com/

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Sarayu Gautam

Are there internship for technical writing? It wouldn't matter even if it is unpaid as I am looking to gain experience from guidance and criticism on my writing.

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Matt Graff

Nice work, thx!

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Supun Kavinda Author

You are welcome!

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Techie Ankit

Impressive!Thanks for the post.
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